I had always wanted to make a hoverboard of my own and the retail ones were too expensive, too heavy for cosplay and from some reviews disappointing compared to the movie version.
This is my intro into making your own hoverboard without spending over $50 (if you have the basic tools). This is my child sized version that I made for my son for a Marty McFly cosplay.
Things you'll need:
White acrylic paint
Hot pink acrylic paint
Hoverboard decal .pdf
Polymer clay in black, pink and red
2 tin lids
Liquid nails or some form of hole filler
All the glues! or atleast two types.
One for paper/wood and one for heavy objects.
Spray adhesive or white glue
Superglue, epoxy glue or a hot glue gun.
Tools of the trade:
Step 1: The Board
I lucked out by finding a kids sized wooden skateboard for cheap at Target for $12. You could try Kmart or Toys R Us where they also had these boards for $20 or so. I did think of using a plastic version or even a plastic snowboard but figuring out what paint to use on plastic gave me a headache. This board was the easier choice.
Step 2: Shaping the Board
Start by removing the wheels. A monkey wrench, a screwdriver and some swear words will help with this step.
Next, mark off where to cut the edge of the back part of the board with masking tape or a line with pencil so you can cut it with a saw. I cut just behind where the board started to incline upwards. Double check some hoverboard image references as a guide.
After that you can sand back the horrible Dora the explorer words like I did.
Step 3: The Painting
After sanding I gave my board two coats with white acrylic paint with plenty of drying time. Choose a good quality paint and brush for this or you'll get a bad paint job or paintbrush hairs in the paint. Ergh. It's the worst.
I highly recommend a hot pink spray paint coat for the next part instead of the hot pink acrylic I used. I just didn't get a good enough paint job with cheap nasty paint. I guess I should of thought of that beforehand. I'll get you next time, Gadget.
Step 4: The Decals
Easily the most exciting bit.
I found the hoverboard design image online, Had a friend scale it down on a design program using measurements from my board and got it printed out on photo paper at my local Officeworks. You could print it out on your home computer with decent paper too. It'll save money.
The hot pink didn't come out exactly right on mine but I was happy enough with it.
Next, cut it out with normal scissors or an exacto knife if you want precise edges.
Step 5: The Front
I glued my decals on the front and back with spray adhesive with no problems as it stuck right away without sliding. White glue or even superglue should work fine if you're on a smaller budget or have these on hand. (don't get glue on your hands though)
This next part I didn't plan out... I was now winging it.
I found green reusable shopping bags around my house and cut out a circles and an oblong from for the main part and used a pink gift bag handle for the velcro layering them so it fit properly on the board.
You could find some neon velcro on Ebay or in a fabric store if you're savvy enough.
Step 6: The Back
This part was done the day before the event. I was rushing and you can tell by my imperfections on the parts.
I came up with using lids of Milo/Nesquik tins as the hover magnets. Simply turn them over and glue with liquid nails/superglue like I did. Again, use some image references to know where to glue them.
While that is drying, knead and mould some parts for the extra bits on the back. I had spare polymer clay on hand but you can try Apoxie sculpt or even air dry clay to paint if you have that.
Mould two black rings (you can flatten them slightly before baking), 4 red parts and the purply pink part in the middle. Use pencils or even the back of a screw to add details. The best thing about using clay for this part is you can mould it how you want based on the size of the board you're making. There was no way I could use moulds from other Hoverboard makers for this.
Step 7: Final Boss
I'd love to say I finished my board off by spraying it with a protective sealant but I just didn't have time. I recommend a coat of resin or some form of sealant to protect the glossy finish of your decals.
The lids on the back were amazing to protect the back as they were not flush against the board itself so we could even use the board like a skateboard for some photoshots.
This is a photo of my board next to some display hoverboards from Supanova near the DeLorean display. Not a bad job if I do say so myself.
All up the board cost under $50 if you exclude the tools and various parts I already had laying around the house
Decals printed: $14.95
Tin lids: $4... but with chocolate milk as a bonus
Polymer clay you can get as cheap as $4 each for a small packet and you only really need 3 colours to finish this board. Try looking around your house for things you can use to save money on making this awesome board.